For First Time in Israel, Supreme Court Judge to Be Questioned Under Caution

Supreme Court Justice Yoram Danziger will be questioned over his links to former Bat Yam Mayor Shlomi Lahiani, who is currently being investigated on suspicion of bribery.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided Monday to question Supreme Court Justice Yoram Danziger under caution, over his links to Bat Yam Mayor Shlomi Lahiani. This would be the first time a Supreme Court judge is questioned under caution.

The Justice Ministry said in a statement that "the attorney general has decided clarifications are needed, considering the circumstances of (Danziger's) employment at the Bat Yam municipality and concerning legal services he gave to the mayor as a private lawyer before being appointed as a judge."

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Justice Yoram DanzigerEyal Toueg

Lahiani is currently being investigated on suspicion of bribery and other charges.

Earlier Monday, Danziger told Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch that he is taking leave, in order to avoid being suspended. According to the law, the Supreme Court president may order the suspension of a judge that is under criminal investigation.

The Bat Yam municipality reportedly paid Danziger some NIS 823,000 for legal services.